STOCKTON, Calif. - Pacific head baseball coach, Ryan Garko has finalized his coaching staff for the 2017-18 season as Mike Reuvekamp and Joey Centanni prepare for the upcoming season. Reuvekamp remains on staff entering his third season and has been promoted to recruiting coordinator for the Tigers while Centanni will serve as pitching coach for the Orange and Black.
"We are extremely fortunate to have Mike remain at Pacific for the upcoming season," said Garko. "He has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working young recruiters and coaches in our conference. His work ethic, strong Northern California ties and ability to relate to young student-athletes will be a key part of our program moving forward."
Reuvekamp joined the Tigers' coaching staff for his first season as an assistant coach in the summer of 2015. Reuvekamp came to Pacific after spending one season as an undergraduate assistant coach at Cal during the 2015 season. Prior to joining the coaching staff at Cal, Reuvekamp played three seasons for the Golden Bears from 2012-14. Reuvekamp was a multi-talented utility player for Cal baseball over three years, seeing action either at shortstop or behind the plate. He was a two-time Pac-12 honorable mention All-Academic selection and as a junior in 2013 had three game-winning hits for the Bears. Prior to Cal, Reuvekamp spent his freshman year at Diablo Valley College.
"I'm really excited to get to work with Ryan. He brings a lot of credibility to our program and is fully invested in taking Pacific Baseball to the next level, said Reuvekamp. "He has already laid out a clear vision of where he sees this program going and the coaches and players are ready to follow him. It's also going to be great to work with Joey Centanni, because he is a Pacific alum. He knows what it will take to be a successful student-athlete here and he brings a lot of knowledge and energy to our pitching staff. It is an exciting time for our program but we have lots of work to do."
Centanni served as an assistant baseball coach for Pacific during the 2015 season and returns to the coaching the staff after being with the San Diego State Aztecs where he was the volunteer assistant coach for two seasons. While with the Aztecs, Centanni worked closely with pitching coach Sam Peraza who, throughout Peraza's career, produced four conference Pitchers of the Year and nine All-Americans.
During his time coaching the pitching staff, two Aztecs finished with the best ERA in the Mountain West Conference while two San Diego State pitchers finished in the top five for wins in the conference in 2017. The Aztec pitching staff also paved the way to an NCAA tournament appearance after SDSU won the Mountain West Conference tournament last season.
"We are excited to welcome Joey back to Stockton where he belongs. He was a great player here and he is a proud alum," said Garko. "Joey brings knowledge of what it takes to be a successful student and baseball player here at Pacific. Just as important, he was part of a staff that did a great job with the pitchers at San Diego State and we will look to him to do similar work with our student-athletes here."
The Pacific alum spent four seasons playing for the Tigers as an all-around talent as he starred as the Tigers' ace on the pitching staff, designated hitter, outfielder and first baseman. He earned two All-Big West selections throughout his career including second team honors as a utility player as a senior in 2009. After his baseball career at Pacific, Centanni signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009 and played one season in the Minor Leagues before retiring due to an arm injury.
"I am extremely excited to be headed back to Pacific," said Centanni. "I had great times there in the past and know how great of a community the Pacific family is. I am grateful for the opportunity that Coach Garko is giving me and I look forward to helping the student-athletes grow as men both on and off the baseball field."
Centanni also worked as an associate scout for the Orioles in the San Diego Area. As a part of the Orioles, Centanni spent time recruiting a number of high school athletes to play for the Fall Scout Ball program.
The San Diego native earned his bachelor's degree in communications from Pacific in 2009 and received his master's degree in organizational management from Ashford University in 2011.